Coaches Blog – GB Team World Championships (Tuesday)
The Great Britain Team safety converged on the city of Banja Luka and claimed the cozy accommodation as their own.
With sunshine, warm weather and steady water levels the team set about learning the lines through the tricky boil laden gorge section. A number of hard sessions over the weekend into Monday have now led to an easier day (Tuesday) with boat control pending and accreditation.
Night time training this evening under spot lights will allow the athletes to acclimatise for the evening sprint racing this Saturday.
The team are in excellent spirits and have gelled well, with entertainment being supplied in heaps by Masters Cresser and McDiarmed.
Coaches Blog -World Championships – Tuesday
This morning was a planned rest session giving our athlete’s much needed recovery time from the volume of the previous day’s efforts. There was however boat control to navigate, with the Brits managing to be first in the que and through with no issues.
It was then back for a period of rest and Paul trying the hair salon as the Guinea pig before others dare to venture……..
The river in its nature has been very kind to the boats with minimal need to spend time making repairs. The river Verbas is a wonderful course of clear water and wave chains. The main event is in a gorge section of the river giving good bouncy water and some challenging boils making it difficult to achieve the ‘perfect run’.
At 8pm the team assembled at the classic start to warm up down to the sprint course for the designated evening session under flood lights. All team members performed in this session with some really outstanding performances.
Tomorrow has planned another phase of the pre-race taper with the last chance for athletes to make some last minute adjustments, along with the Masters Athletes who are first off in the following days events.
Wednesday – World Champs Coach Blog
The final day of taper before the start of the event giving the team the chance to prepare for what lay ahead. A few took the opportunity for some final line refinement, with the bulk opting to take the full rest option.
The evening was the Opening Ceremony with the team dressed to impress in the new design GB attire. To the amazement of all not only did it start on time, the ceremony was concluded in 20 minutes. The team was joined after by ICF President Albert Woods passing some words of encouragement and congratulations for selections.
A final ice-cream and a prompt bed time finalised the day.